Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

Thomas Hart Benton, "Corn and Winter Wheat," 1948, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift (Partial and Promised) of Helen Lee Henderson in memory of Helen Ruth Henderson, Founder, HRH Foundation

Today is Labor Day, which is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. How will you celebrate Labor Day?

Ring Your Bell for Rosie the Riveter this Labor Day. Thanks! Plain and Simple is organizing bell ringing around the country including at The Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia. Join in today at 1:00 pm to ring bells in honor of all the Rosies from World War II. Bells will ring in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Maryland and London. For more information about the event please visit No matter where you are remember to ring your bell at 1pm in honor of all the Rosies.

Top Labor Day Songs:
Pete Seeger's live version of "Which Side Are You On?" - a song written by Florence Reece in 1931- was released on 'Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits' album in 1967. Reece was the wife of Sam Reece, a union organizer for the United Mine Workers in Harlan County, Kentucky. In 1931, the miners of that region were locked in a bitter and violent struggle with the mine owners called the Harlan County War.

The bloody origin of Labor Day (and the many labor struggles since then):

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